Commons:Batch uploading/HABS

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While working on the English Wikipedia I stumbled upon the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American collection several times. This is a huge (350.000+) collection of photographs and drawings of historic buildings in the US. The collection is in the public domain although it contains some exceptions (haven't been able to find one). The collection has good metadata like title, author, date and the location (awesome for categorization). Every item has an high resolution tif file. I'm using User:Multichill/HABS as a layout template right now. I did some tests. Once the template is all tweaked I will substitute it. After that at that the template will be substituted on upload. The images are high resolution tiffs, that's of course very nice, but also problematic because the images are not rendered at the moment. The WMF has plans to change that so I rather not upload jpg's too. Any opinions on this? Multichill (talk) 12:06, 14 January 2012 (UTC)

Decided I'd upload both jpg and tiffs. Did some more tweaking:

Multichill (talk) 16:36, 22 January 2012 (UTC)


So I started this a couple of months ago. Ran into some technical problems and a lot of negative feedback so I decided to waste my time on something else.

  • In the meantime the file size limit was raised to 25 megapixels so I no longer need to upload two images. I'm just going to upload one high-res tiff image.
  • Categorization is probably going to be category:buildings in <county> with fallback to category:<county>
  • Naming of the files is quite rough, need to improve that (too long, too many weird characters)
  • Need to use the json and see what kind of useful information is in there that I'm not using (like coordinates)
  • I need to have a very conservative copyright check to not upload dozens of unfree files.
  • I should probably add a template like {{Maybe US heritage}} that explains that this photo might be on the NRHP or some local registry and to replace this template with the right one. Is that picks up that would really combine nicely with all the image we took ourselves (for example in Wiki Loves Monuments)

Multichill (talk) 19:38, 24 October 2012 (UTC)

Everything is about ready. Waiting on en:Wikipedia talk:WikiProject National Register of Historic Places#HABS upload. Multichill (talk) 21:47, 9 January 2013 (UTC)
I'm quite happy to see that User:Fæ took over where I left off at Commons:Batch uploading/Library of Congress. I guess this one can be closed now! :-) Multichill (talk) 10:25, 10 July 2014 (UTC)